Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925.   Posted by The Keeper.Group: 0
Albert Darlington
 NPC, 175 posts
 Detective Sergeant
 Metropolitan Police
Sat 8 Jun 2013
at 04:25
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
Cynthia Jane Holloway:
"The monsters, do their corpses burn? That truck isn't moving, but the gas tank is still full."


"I dunno if there's a lot ov petrol left in da tank, i' seems what i' is all burned away. There should be mawer petrol in da carriage 'ouse as dis is a ways away from any fillin' stashun, an' dis is farmin' coun'ry.

"So we 'ave da bodies ov faaahr friends ter take care of, Major Stawm, Mr. Perkins, an' me friends, Pike an' Barnes. (We should locate da latter.) There are two large... Fngs. Then da cultists. The 'ouse is damaged, two lorries are destroyed.". Know what I mean?"

This message was last edited by the player at 09:44, Sat 08 June 2013.

John-Marc Falcon
 player, 410 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Sat 8 Jun 2013
at 21:46
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM listens to the conversation. "Taking our friends bodies and then burning the lot of this," he indicated the house and the corpses of the monsters, "would be best.  It will at least obscure things and allow the police to put a more normal face on things." He bowed a bit to Molly; "That should keep the papers out of it beyond a small byline at least."
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 401 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Sat 8 Jun 2013
at 23:36
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 369):

"If that is the case I would like to remove the rest of the occult library in the cellar."

"It's sale could mitigate some of the financial loss we have suffered as a group and may enable us to look further afield. I have several book bags and it should not take more then an hour ?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:54, Sat 08 June 2013.

John-Marc Falcon
 player, 411 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Sun 9 Jun 2013
at 07:43
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM nodded.  "Let's do it then Count.  I suggest we divide into two team; one to carry fuel from the carriage house to burn the beasts and the house, the other to carry away what is of interest to us.  During this all we must remain vigilant in case any of the cultists still lurk about."
The Keeper
 GM, 805 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 09:21
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
What little of occult value was quickly removed from the cellar of the partially-destroyed mansion. It seemed doubtful these would fetch any real price, as the Count wasn't familiar with the names, nor were they in any condition. Still, there might be some esoteric knowledge to be gained.

The hostages were ferried back to the other farmhouse, the abandoned one they'd rented a little ways away to stage this attack.

Over the next few hours, much was accomplished. The fire in the lorry burned down, although the forecourt reeked of smoke and burned rubber.

In the mean time, several cans of petrol were found inside the carriage house. As well, a foot-pump and several tyre inner-tubes. Darragh, in conjunction with the river rats and the functioning lorry, contrived to drag the burned-out wreckage of Storm's lorry to the water's edge. Hot metal hissed when they pushed it into the black water, steam bubbled up.

When the hulk was cool enough, inner-tubes were then tied off to it to make it float. The petrol-powered skiffs towed it out to the middle of the Naze, then it was sunk.

Likewise, they performed a similar operation with the other destroyed lorry sitting in the water by the bridge (the one that presumably Singh destroyed using a grenade).
Darragh O'Shaughnessy
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 09:27
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
As the boats were getting ready to tow the wrecked lorries out into the river, Darragh looked at the massive carcasses, thoughtfully.

"Dees God-forsaken behemoths are still gonna cause lashings av 'eads ter a go. Not dat Ah've 'ad experience in gettin' rid av bodies (ahem) but somethin' sunk oyt at sea 'ill often be eaten away by de fishies. If dees carcasses wash up on shore in a few months, who's ter say waaat they were?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:02, Wed 12 June 2013.

John-Marc Falcon
 player, 413 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 17:25
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM pitched in with a will to clean up the site.  As they gazed at the remaining carcasses he turned to the others; "Darragh, do you think we can drag the corpses out into the river and tow them down to the tidal estuary?  We coudl use the truck to drag them at least to the water's edge"

OOC: Can we get the corpses into the back of the truck to maybe carry away?
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 379 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 17:47
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
Cynthia will settle the prisoners, offering what food and drink she can find, then finishes up her search of the house, including the upper rooms, figuring it best she stay out of the way of the men until she's needed. Most of the work outside seems to involve hauling; not her forte, even if the men let her participate.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 402 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Tue 11 Jun 2013
at 21:30
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
The Count help where he was needed and tried to move on from their experiences of the night. He would have to catalogue the books they had recovered once back in London, but there was always a buyer. He secured the long weapons in one place ready for the trip along the river.

Once the group was assembled again he spoke;

"Of course my town house is again available for any who require accommodation we have more then enough room. Hopefully we can come up with our next move."
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 380 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Wed 12 Jun 2013
at 00:18
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
"The townhouse is best, now that we've dealt with any local enemies. Any of our friends who survived will know to find us there as well."
Darragh O'Shaughnessy
Wed 12 Jun 2013
at 07:11
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
John-Marc Falcon:
JM pitched in with a will to clean up the site.  As they gazed at the remaining carcasses he turned to the others; "Darragh, do you think we can drag the corpses out into the river and tow them down to the tidal estuary?  We coudl use the lorry to drag them at least to the water's edge"


"Aye, we can. let's git ter it."

Darragh proceeded to tie off the first of the (small) elephant-sized noisome carcasses to the rear of the lorry, so it could be dragged to the river's edge.

The bodies of the cultists could also fit into the rear of the lorry when they were done, even the staff.
Molly 'Mungo' Fuller
 player, 263 posts
 Reporter for the
 London Scoop.
Wed 12 Jun 2013
at 14:51
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
In reply to Cynthia Jane Holloway (msg # 377):

Molly nodded at Cynthia's comment.  "It's known to us also so that comes in handy.  It is most generous of you Count.  I'd be happy to go back there."
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 414 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Thu 13 Jun 2013
at 05:15
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM and KH set to work with a will along with the river rats to use the lorry and the boats to drag the corpses to the river's edge and then push, prod or move them out into the water where the current and any tidal action this high up in the river could wash them out to the cleansing sea.
Albert Darlington
 NPC, 176 posts
 Detective Sergeant
 Metropolitan Police
Thu 13 Jun 2013
at 06:27
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 380):

"All da bodies ov 'em foul Bruvverhood cultists... I fink Inspector Barrington'll come in 'andy there. Happen some disastrous fire down in London, a warehouse, perhaps? Or a boat sinking. Otherwise, 'igh class people what simply goes missing'll cause 'eads ter turn. At least the White people."

Darlington helped drag the beasts to the water's edge for transport and dumping out at sea.
The Keeper
 GM, 806 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Thu 13 Jun 2013
at 06:33
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
The freed hostages were ferried safely to Prof. Fulty and Dr. Weston at the other rented farm. The good Doctar began treating the poor wretches for their ailments. Mostly they suffered from exposure from the damp cellar where they'd been confined, and a lack of food. No one else seemed to be harmed, although of course some had lost their lives.

As the hours wore away towards dawn, they began finishing up their allotted tasks. Everything of value was located and removed from the mansion. Cans of petrol were placed, ready to set the structure alight. Luckily it wasn't raining. By the time dawn broke and the column of smoke was spotted, it would be too late and the investigators would be long gone.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 403 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Thu 13 Jun 2013
at 08:08
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925


The Count helped out with the disposal of the bodies and the other more unpleasant tasks they where about to under take. He made sure the library was secured in the rear of the truck.

There was only one other item from the house the Count was interested in and that was the bust of the Black Pharaoh. Once it was loaded the Count grabbed his book bag with the other items he had taken earlier and made ready to leave.
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 381 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Thu 13 Jun 2013
at 15:12
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
Cynthia is ready to move the moment the truck is loaded, but watches the remains of the mansion as the vehicle drives away.
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 415 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Thu 13 Jun 2013
at 21:16
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM gave one last search of the estate in the darkness, his torch probing here and there.  If nothing more showed of interest he joined the others to burn the taint from the land.  "Let's put it to torch and good riddance."
Albert Darlington
 NPC, 177 posts
 Detective Sergeant
 Metropolitan Police
Fri 14 Jun 2013
at 03:18
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 385):

Darlington lit one of his terrible-smelling thin cigars, then held out the lighter to JM.

"Ere ya go, OK?"
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 416 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Fri 14 Jun 2013
at 05:05
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM looked into Darlington's eyes for a moment and then nodded.  "Yes indeed Sergeant."  He lit a piece of paper and flicked it down into the petrol.  "Let it burn."
The Keeper
 GM, 807 posts
 Tony Stroppa
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 07:28
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
In reply to John-Marc Falcon (msg # 387):

There was a "whoomph!" as the petrol-drenched tapestries and curtains went up. Soon, the structure was ablaze, crackling with orange-red flames shooting out the ground floor windows. Smoke started to billow out the upper story windows, then through the large hole in the roof. Within ten minutes, flames were shooting out the hole in the roof and the windows, and they could feel the heat from thirty feet away. The crackling became a roar.

It was time to leave.

The lorry made it to the other farm (where they'd started the night) without incident. There they met with Dr. Weston and Professor Fulty, and prepared to make their way back down to London. Darlington and Darragh volunteered to stay in the area to make sure the mansion burned to the ground.
Count Sigismund Bathony
 player, 404 posts
 Antiquarian Book Dealer
 Owner Abingdon Rare Books
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 08:05
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925

Unable to help with the final act of destruction of the house the Count sat in the back of the lorry and tried to comfort his friend as much as possible. In the end they just sat in silence and the Count hopped it was enough.

The memory of the fiery end to his own family home was an all to recent memory for the Count and he did not want to relive the bloody memory of the way he found his family framed by the flames on that terrible night.

Once they had arrived back in London the Count first saw to the arrangement for the bodies of their friends. He gave Perkins as much time off as he needed and helped with the arrangements for the transport of his brothers body to Birmingham. The Count also arranged for the cost of the funeral and interment to be paid by his account.
John-Marc Falcon
 player, 417 posts
 Former Flt. Lt., RAF
 Aeronautical Pioneer
Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 23:42
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
JM assisted with the settling of accounts and disposition of the guns and equipment used in the raid.  He made sure to see that the guns and ammunition save a few choice specimens were preserved and then buried under the flagstones of his hangar for later use.
Molly 'Mungo' Fuller
 player, 265 posts
 Reporter for the
 London Scoop.
Wed 19 Jun 2013
at 00:10
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
Molly waited until they got back to where they back at their safe house and immediately set out to make tea.  She felt...off center...and needed to find balance.  She, of course, made enough for everybody, and then sat down in a corner and started to write in her journal.  Without realizing it, she had started to draw eyes into the margin of her pages.  Once she did realize it, she shut the book and sighed.  Now she'd have to come up with a reason why she had pages with eyes in the corner.
Cynthia Jane Holloway
 player, 383 posts
 Dilettante
 Globetrotting Free Spirit
Wed 19 Jun 2013
at 13:30
Re: Tuesday 24 March - Wednesday 25 March, 1925
Cynthia tries to settle herself back into a 'normal' life, but without Mr. Singh, or even a serving staff, it's rather difficult. She knows she needs to contact her father about Mr. Singh going missing, but doing would seem to confirm what she was not ready to accept. So she would wait for him, and consider carefully if it was perhaps best to return home.

She tries to sleep that morning, but eventually gives up and calls herself a cab. She'll spend the day out on her own, getting something to eat, buying a penny dreadful to distract herself with, and paying visits to police stations and hospitals local to the Al-Misr house and further down river to see if, against all hope, some survivors turn up. She calls back to the Count's house that afternoon to see if there is any news before catching an early supper and returning home with parcels of fresh berries, chocolate, and exotic coffees.